Monday, 16 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
More buildings have popped up since the last time I wandered through the Paddington Basin with my camera. At ground level there are cafes and bars that look very inviting. There are a lot more canal boats than I've seen moored here before, although that may just be coincidental as they may be en route to elsewhere. What really caught my eye however was the large glowing moon, which is still a couple of days away from being a full moon.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
The famous lighthouse on the wedge building at Kings Cross has now been restored and the building that sat disused for many years has been renovated. Although know one is certain, it is believed that the building housed oyster bars, the fast food of the time. Maybe it is appropriate that there is now plenty of fast food of our current time in this corner.
Monday, 9 January 2017
A wee moment of anxiety as the clergy from the church of St Magnus the Martyr, which sits on the north side of the river, wait for the clergy from Southwark Cathedral, from the south side of the river, to appear.
A wooden cross is then tossed into the waters, which looked for a moment if it was going to be swallowed up by a passing Thames clipper, but to the delight of the crowd watching, it continued bobbing along the surface of the water heading out to sea.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
The great white elephant also known as the O2 that was built for the millennium, goodness wasn't that a lifetime ago, is mostly used for large concerts and event. However there is another activity which is way more fun, and that is mountaineering over the outside roof. When you get to the top there is an amazing view. I did it a few years back. Such a long time ago now, I must do it again. Fancy joining me?
Friday, 6 January 2017
Brrrr, do you feel that cold breeze. Maybe I'm imagining it but it seems to feel much colder at high tide.
The Thames is a tidal river, that rises and falls around 7 metres. The incoming tide comes in at nearly twice the speed of the outgoing tide which takes between 6 and 9 hours. A bit of trivia that has nothing to do with me feeling cold, but it might help you win a pub quiz contest.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Monday, 2 January 2017
Happy New Year everyone.
London has had days of fog sometimes not lifting all day. The towers of the city barely visible. Some mornings the fog has nestled so low it appears to sit on the bridges. It is lovely for a riverside walk, however not so much fun for the many travellers whose flights have been cancelled.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
I haven't abandoned aglimpseoflondon (in case you were worried), it was an enforced temporary arrangement courtesy of BT.
Finally and after hours of calls and chats they sent an engineer who could confirm we had no line at all. Oops he said. Despite a few hours earlier been told it was all repaired and working well. Another visit and rewired somewhere in the street, communication has been restored. Only problem now is how I am going to manage the massive speed of 2mbs from my restored broadband.
Wishing you all a great New Year and a fabulous 2017.
Friday, 23 December 2016
The stylish Xmas trees in Paternoster Square behind St Paul's cathedral. When did the tradition of decorating a tree at Xmas time begin? It was Prince Albert after all. To learn all about the history of Christmas pop over to the wonderful Christmas post by Mike from A Bit About Britain.
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
We are lucky to be enjoying our Xmas markets here in London. Of course we deplore the actions of an individual in Berlin and offer our condolences and sympathies to the families affected. Whatever the crazies do we must not let this create a world of hate and vilification towards entire communities.